LEP Signature Assessment By miranda pardun

Critical Concepts

  • STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Santa Fe Independent School District V Jane Doe 2000. I selected this case because it talks about a student leading prayer over the PA system of a sporting event. Although the students actions were not acceptable, the case shows that this would have been acceptable if it was not over the PA system at a football game because that instance was a violation of the First Amendment. Students have the right to share their beliefs and that is a right that was acted upon, but was merely taken too far in this case. (https://www.oyez.org/cases/1999/99-62) (http://www.casebriefs.com/blog/law/constitutional-law/constitutional-law-keyed-to-chemerinsky/first-amendment-religion/santa-fe-independent-school-district-v-doe/)
  • Teacher Professional Rights and Responsibilities: The Civil Rights act of 1964 protected the rights of teachers in public and private schools from any racial, sexual, or religious discrimination. This is important because teachers are able to be assessed on their actions not based on their race or beliefs. In today's culture, people have differing views and opinions on almost everything and this act protects teachers in a large way. (https://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=false&doc=97) (https://www.nps.gov/subjects/civilrights/1964-civil-rights-act.htm)
  • Teacher Personal Rights and Responsibilities: Pickering v Board of Education, 391 U.S. 563 (1968) found that teachers maintain a some rights of expression within the school walls. This is important because we have freedom of speech, but teachers are held to a higher standard when they are in the school and when they are on their personal time. This case allowed teachers to speak on issues of public importance without being dismissed from their position as long as there was an absence of proof that the teacher knowingly or recklessly made false statements. (http://www.americanbar.org/publications/human_rights_magazine_home/human_rights_vol32_2005/fall2005/hr_Fall05_teachersrights.html) (https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/391/563/case.html)

Teacher Actions

  • Santa Fe Independent School District V Jane DoeAs a teacher I would take action on this situation by explaining to my students that while he is allowed to voice his opinions openly, he should not have done so over the PA where he is possibly pushing his beliefs on others who do not want to be a part of it.
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964: This act will effect the actions I take as far as how I am treated by others in the school setting. If I am being discriminated based on my race, sexuality, or religion I will defend myself and back up that I should not be treated differently based on any of those features.
  • Pickering V Board of Education: This case was originally meant to give teachers more freedom of speech but it was dismissed by another case that gave teachers no First Amendment protection in these circumstances. This effects the actions I will take when speaking about certain things in the classroom. I am representing the school and not my personal agenda while I am in the classroom.


  • Santa Fe Independent School District V Jane Doe: This case enforces that student-led prayer at the football games is a violation of the Establishment Clause in the First Amendment. There were no specific teacher actions in this case, but as a teacher I would emphasize how important it is to be respectful of others beliefs and the way they live because we are all different and that is good. Being different does not make one person/belief better than any others.
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964: This act is a great way to incorporate diversity but it is through the teacher perspective rather than the students. Teachers should not be discriminated but neither should the students. The same respect that is given to the teacher should in turn be given to the students no matter the race, sexual orientation, or religious belief.
  • Pickering V Board of Education: As a teacher, you could take action based on this case by letting students know what is required of the teacher as far as giving those opinions on certain situations. It would be a great avenue to take to have students gain perspective on what is acceptable and what is not acceptable to speak about and what may be taking things too far.


  • Santa Fe Independent School District V Jane Doe: This case would be a great example of how technology was used incorrectly from the student. One way to incorporate technology would be to have students create a powerpoint of correct and incorrect uses of the PA systems at school sporting events. This would include technology and address what and why the case was not an appropriate situation.
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964: I would use technology in this circumstance to surf the internet to find what exactly my rights were in the situation and how to go about properly addressing them. The internet is a great tool to gain information and if I was being discriminated I would want to make sure I went about the situation very professionally.
  • Pickering V Board of Education: One way I would address this would be to start off the beginning of the year with an introduction to the class about myself. I would show a slideshow of pictures of my life and the things that are part of my life so that later on down the road my students know me and do not need me to voice my personal beliefs to give them who I am. I think using the technology to bring them into who I am and what made me that way will possible avoid any curiosity of my views on things that should not be discussed.

Student Beliefs

  • Santa Fe Independent School District V Jane Doe: The students will benefit from the teacher's actions regarding this cause because they will be informed of what is appropriate and what is inappropriate actions as far as student-led activities in the school and how they must be addressed.
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964: The students will benefit from this situation because as a teacher standing up for myself and what I believe in it will result in me being more open minded when it comes to my students. I believe that respect is mutual regardless of rank between two people.
  • Pickering V Board of Education: This will benefit the students because they will get to know more about the teacher from the start and will learn throughout the year what is expected for discussion and what should be left out. It will be a good opportunity to discuss with the class expectations that I have for them and what I have for them towards each other.

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